Thursday, June 6, 2013

With Recent UCR Numbers Up, Should You Worry?

The Urban Institute's Metro Trends blog had a piece that looked at the troubling news that the FBI's Uniform Crime Report numbers showed an increase in violent crime in 2012.
By itself, this might not be too troubling. But this follows last year’s announcement from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that national survey data showed an even bigger jump in violence—17 percent.  (It should be noted that violence is very rare, so while it’s a large increase percentage-wise, in real numbers, the increase was from 3.3 violent victimizations per 1,000 to 4.3 per 1,000. Those numbers are very similar to the FBI data, which shows 3.8 violent victimizations per 1,000).

Via Metro Trends
So what do you think, should we be worried that we're headed back to the bad old days?

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